THE EXCITEMENT BUILDS FOR THE GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE LIVE!
An email arrived in January from Knitting and Stitching show workshop organisers with the exciting news of a sewing show at the London Excel Arena in September. Even better, one with a dressmaking focus called The Great British Sewing Bee Live – I jumped for joy!
They asked if I would like to put together proposals for workshops at the event – of course I would.
With a quick deadline turnaround, I put pencil to paper. (I am an A2 drawing pad and coloured pencil sort of planner). The brief was for dynamic, fashion-forward workshops. A lot of doodling and my ideas started to emerge.
My workshop proposals went off to the organiser. A nervous wait for her reply followed which was – I had four workshops – fantastic!
So here’s my workshop programme:
OVERLOCKING – make a slouchy top in no time at all.
Learn to love jersey by making yourself a fabulous slouchy top with a collar.
A quick run through the basics of using an overlocker.
Make a top using 4 thread overlocking, stay tape and add a collar.
A demonstration of how to finish the hems with a coverstitch machine or twin needle.
A big thank you to Girl Charlee fabrics for supplying the Ponte de Roma fabric for the workshop. Have a look at their website I know you will be tempted. Use referral code 57411 for 10% off your first order and free delivery on order over £50.
OVERLOCKING – beyond the basics with a beautiful bias cut scarf
A quick run through the basics of using an overlocker,
Using jersey, bias cut fabrics and the differential feed.
Rolled hemming for a fabulous finish.
WEAVE A BIT OF COUTURE MAGIC INTO YOUR WORK
Noted for its exquisite finish, attention to detail and beautiful fabrics, couture is surprisingly easy to achieve.
Learn how to set up your sewing machine to stitch fine fabrics.
Use Hong Kong binding
Stitch a French seam on organza
Add fine piping to the lining edge
Herringbone and fell stitch by hand
SEWING TECHNIQUES FOR THE CHANEL STYLE JACKET
Invented by Doyenne of Fashion Coco Chanel in 1954, the Chanel style jacket is timeless.
Discover some of the inner construction that makes it unique.
The quilted lining
Hong Kong binding
invisible thread finishing
What else is happening The Great British Sewing Bee Live?
The TV show judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young will be talking about their perspective on sewing in the Super Theatre which is hosted by comedienne Jenny Eclair.
There will be a huge range of other workshops on offer. Not just from UK’s leading tutors, but also contestants from The Great British Sewing Bee TV programme.
Shopping, shopping and more shopping! Click here for the exhibitor list and plan your campaign.
My fingers are crossed for a speedy return of the programme to our televisions in 2018. But while we wait with bated breath for an announcement, get your programme fix with a visit to The Great British Sewing Bee Live! Click here to go to the website.
If you join my Jane White Couture Tuition Sew-Together Facebook group. I will be giving away four free entry tickets.
Look out for me at The Great British Sewing Bee Live – I am there Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday.
But, if you can’t get to the show this time why not come to my friendly and fun Sewing Bee Workshops and work on your own dressmaking project.
Or, book something from my Sew Short Course programme. I have included overlocking, couture sewing and the Chanel Style Jacket.
Whatever you do, enjoy your sewing!